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Module 1: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Rural Communities

Health promotion is the process of improving and protecting the health of the public, including individuals, populations, and communities. Health promotion and disease prevention can be achieved through planned activities and programs that are designed to improve population health outcomes. Health promotion and disease prevention programs can empower individuals to make healthier choices and reduce their risk of disease and disability. At the population level, they can eliminate health disparities, improve quality of life, and improve the availability of healthcare and related services.

Health promotion programs can be implemented in varied settings, including rural communities. Rural residents can benefit from health promotion and disease prevention programs scaled for use in rural communities, which have unique implementation considerations.

In this module: